Course Title: Advanced Medical Electronics and Instrumentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Medical Electronics and Instrumentation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Arman Ahnood

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 4358

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.02.06E

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The aim of this course is to learn common advanced techniques to design advanced biomedical devices, such as: digital and analogue electronics, wireless power, data telemetry, as well as some safety aspects of modern medical devices. The course kicks off by examining properties of bio signals such as EEG, ECG and Oximetry. Building on this, we will examine system and circuit requirements for devices which monitor these signals. Analogue circuit elements such as high-order active filters, biopotential amplifiers, ADC converters, and digital circuits are discussed in detail. Having introduced the core of the system, we will exam ways which they can be powered as well as communication links. The final part of the course introduces electrical safety aspects of medical devices.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1.Understand key attributes of bio signals and the subsequent circuit and system requirements. 2.Understand of the theory and design methods for advanced analogue circuit elements used in medical devices. 3.Understand how various digital circuit elements work, their attributes and how they can be used in medical devices. 4.Understand how wireless power/data telemetry works and its application in medical settings. 5.Review the safety factors and circuit elements used in a modern medical device.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include pre-recorded lecture videos, lectorials/tutorials and laboratory practicals. The basic theoretical background will be explained in videos and various real-world engineering problems will be discussed in lectorials/tutorials. The basic principles will also be demonstrated and reinforced through the laboratory sessions.

Student learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

Weekly laboratories (weeks 2 to 11).

Weekly lectorials/tutorials (weeks 2 to 11).

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT University’s online systems.

Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

You will also use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

Overview of Assessment
The assessment for this course will consist of the following tasks: 

Assessment Task 1: Multiple choice mid-semester test (online - timed assessment).
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3.

Assessment Task 2: Group practical project.
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 6.

Assessment Task 3: Individual assignment: A report to evaluate and assess a research manuscript.
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4.

Assessment Task 4: End of semester take home assignment (This assessment will be online and time-limited and must be completed within a time window of 24 hours). 
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.